Can't eat noodles? MP Baey Yam Keng talks family superstitions

Nurul Azliah
Senior Lifestyle Reporter
MP Baey Yam Keng says his family does not eat noodles on their birthdays. (Photo: AP)

We’ve heard of superstitious beliefs during Chinese New Year and the Hungry Ghost periods, but on birthdays? That’s rare for many of us, excluding Baey Yam Keng.

The Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC posted on Instagram on Monday (8 Jan) after celebrating his parents’ birthdays – their birthdates are just two days from each other. In his post, he shared about this family superstition.

Both my great-grandfather and grandfather fell very ill and passed away soon after their birthdays when they had noodles. Hence, it has become a tradition that we keep,” said the 47-year-old in the post, which showed his parents adorably cutting their Lychee Martini cake together.

But that’s not the only superstition the family adheres to – the other one has to do with when the celebration takes place.

“The celebration should not be later than the actual birthday date,” said Baey, who has been an MP since 2006. He is married to Lim Hai Yen, the artistic director of theatre company The ETCeteras. 

The Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC posted a photo of his parents during their birthday celebration. (Photo: @baeyyamkeng/Instagram)

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